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Reds' Hamilton, Byrd, Mesoraco out of lineup Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:59 am ET) Reds outfielders Billy Hamilton and Marlon Byrd are joining catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) on the bench for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Hamilton is getting a break after making 11 straight starts out of the leadoff spot, while Byrd has seen 11 straight starts in left field. With the pair out, Skip Schumaker will lead off and play left field, while Brennan Boesch will bat seventh and play center field.

Mesoraco hasn't appeared in the starting lineup since the first week of the season, as he's continued to rehab from a left hip impingement while remaining on the active roster.

The Reds are road favorites (-142) in Atlanta with Johnny Cueto on the mound.


Orioles' Showalter: Machado will learn from defensive miscues
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:49 am ET) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado recently committed six errors in a string of nine games before playing error-free ball Saturday, and manager Buck Showalter remains confident the young infielder will learn from his defensive miscues, MASN Sports reports.

"I think it's kind of good for both us and him," Showalter said. "One, to remind ourselves just how good he is there, because it shocks you when he makes a miscue. And it's also kind of good for Manny to realize that it's a product of a lot of hard work and also getting set up properly and doing some things. I can tell how frustrated he is with it, because he starts swinging the bat a lot better and then all of a sudden he has a couple of miscues."

Machado could have been charged with two errors Friday, but a ball that scooted under his glove was ruled a hit.

"He probably should have had two errors (Friday) night," Showalter said. "That was scored poorly. But he'll learn from it. And I actually look on the positive side of it that's it's something that Manny, believe me, will pay attention to."

Machado has hit .247/.322/.455 with four home runs, 12 RBI and three stolen bases in 77 at-bats.


Diamondbacks' Hale on Evan Marshall: 'He'll get better'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:39 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Evan Marshall took a loss Saturday, giving up two earned runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 6-4 defeat against the Dodgers.

Marshall (0-1) surrendered a first-pitch home run to the first batter he faced to tie the game.

"It was a first-pitch fastball to (Joc) Pederson," Marshall said, per MLB.com. "He'd been struggling all night, but he got all of that one. The pitch had a lot of movement on it, but it was definitely down the middle. He's a dangerous hitter and you can't make mistakes like that to a guy with that kind of ability."

Marshall delivered a 2.74 ERA and 54:17 K:BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings last year, but he's struggled over the first month of the new season.

"Last year I was able to keep the ball down and especially make better pitches with two strikes," Marshall said. "That's what I'm looking for is that strikeout when I have the count in my favor. The stuff feels great. My velocity is good, the health of my arm feels good. I just need to read the hitter and make a better pitch. That's really all I can say."

Manager Chip Hale isn't losing confidence in the reliever despite his 7.45 ERA and 6:5 K:BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings, as he believes Marshall can return to the pitcher he was last year.

"We have to get him back to that," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He showed some pitches that he is, and then leaves a couple of balls up. We trust him in that spot. We're going to keep throwing him out there and he'll get better, I'm sure of it."


Cubs' Chris Denorfia reaches twice in return to lineup
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:24 am ET) Cubs left fielder Chris Denorfia made his first start since April 23 Saturday, going 1 for 3 with a walk in his team's 6-1 loss to the Brewers.

Denorfia opened the season on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury but was able to make his season debut April 18. After making a few pinch-hit appearances, he played most of three games in three consecutive days but has seen just one at-bat since that extended work, as he has dealt with continued hamstring issues as well as a foot injury.


Yankees' Chris Capuano (quad) strikes out four in rehab debut
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:18 am ET) Yankees pitcher Chris Capuano began a rehab assignment with high Class A Tampa Saturday, giving up just one unearned run on two hits in four innings while striking out four and walking none.

Capuano hasn't pitched during the regular season, as he was pulled from a spring-training game on March 11 due to a quadriceps strain. He will likely slot into the rotation when healthy.


Brewers' Scooter Gennett (hand) begins rehab assignment
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:15 am ET) Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett (hand) began a rehab assignment with Class A Wisconsin Friday, going 1 for 3 with a run and a stolen base.

Gennett followed up the rehab debut by going 0 for 1 Saturday but did draw and walk and collect an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Out since April 19 after suffering a laceration on his hand while in the shower, the second baseman is eligible to return from the disabled list Tuesday.


White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham finding his way
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:35 am ET) White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham may have needed to leave and return like the Prodigal Son to Chicago before he found success, according to the Daily Herald.

Beckham, in his second stint with Chicago, is hitting .350 with four RBI in 20 at-bats. Manager Robin Ventura is liking what he's seen from Beckham so far this season. 

"It can happen, it can jump on guys when there are expectations and the pressure gets there," manager Robin Ventura said. "For him, it might have been helpful to get traded away and go away for a while and come back with more of a clear conscience of who he is, where he's at. You get some information from somewhere else that maybe sticks in your skull differently than it did here.

"He's in a good frame of mind and that's the other big thing. All the stuff that has been said about him, but he can play baseball. We know that. He's a good player."


Mariners pitcher Danny Hultzen throws 3 1/3 innings in Double-A
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Mariners pitcher Danny Hultzen was able to throw 3 1/3 innings Friday for Double-A Jackson, allowing one unearned run. 

"It was awesome," Hultzen said per MLB.com. "I've been looking forward to that day for a really long time. I did my best just to calm down and have fun and enjoy it. Sitting out for so long, you get the itch really easily. You miss being out there."

Hultzen, the second overall-pick in 2011, is working his way back from shoulder surgery in October 2013. His biggest priority for the rest of his rehab assignment will be to stay healthy.

"I've never been too much on velocity," he said. "That's been a little down, but I'm just real happy to be pitching again. If I'm throwing 85 [mph], I'm going to figure out how to get people out. I'm not too concerned about it. I'm happy that I'm out there playing again."


Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig tests hamstring Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:26 am ET) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was able to do some light testing on his injured hamstring Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Puig, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, is likely to begin his rehab assignment next week in the hopes of a quick return from the disabled list. Puig is hitting .279 with two home runs and four RBI in 43 at-bats this season.


Diamondbacks' Aaron Hill cranks first home run of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) Diamondbacks third baseman Aaron Hill went 1 for 4 at the plate in Arizona's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

Hill did his damage in the fourth inning, smacking a 1-1 pitch from Scott Baker over the left center field wall, his first of the season. Hill is hitting .185 with four RBI in 54 at-bats this season.


 
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